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Our Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities (TREC) Model's website launched on 1.25.24 with our Award Ceremony!

The culmination of thousands of hours from our Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities (TREC) team in developing our TREC Model, we launched TRECeducation.com website on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Craig Beswick, Vice-President, School Development Division, Lifelong Learning Administration Corporation (LLAC) opened up our exciting launch, which was hosted by the beautiful UCSD Park & Market in downtown San Diego. Craig warmly welcomed over 200 attendees to our Awards Ceremony and TREC...

Congratulations to Principal Victor Contreras and Principal Mary Reagan for your team’s dedication and heart-centered work in becoming a TREC Accredited Trauma-Resilient Organization.

Over seventy-five colleagues celebrated on January 29, 2024, at Lifelong Learning Administration Corporation. Food was provided by BJ’s Catering, and some of the TREC Team, Craig Beswick, Vice-President School Development Division, TREC Director, Staci Roth, and Dana Brown, PACEs Science Statewide Facilitator were in attendance supporting the TREC Accreditation. Craig Beswick excitedly awarded Principal Mary Reagan for Desert Sands, Lake LA and AVLA Palmdale 5th Street. Danyale Wallin...

How Can High Schools Better Serve Teens Experiencing Homelessness? (learn4life.org)

To read more of the Learning Newsletter's article, please click here. This week, 16-year-old Joey will sleep in a soft bed, take a warm shower and have a place to keep his belongings. He’ll then make his way to Learn4Life high school in San Diego where he is catching up on credits and hopes to graduate soon. For most of the past year, he has experienced homelessness…couch surfing when he could, and on the streets when he couldn’t. And Joey isn’t alone. In the last school year, the number of...

To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes (msn.com)

To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes © Getty Images To read more of Ellen M. Burstein's article, please click here, To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes (msn.com) . Today’s high school seniors have lived through a deadly pandemic , increasing rates of climate disaster, and an armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — all before getting their driver’s licenses. Contentious national politics, global crises,...

NY Times says school COVID closures may be ‘most damaging disruption’ to kids’ education in U.S. history (msn.com)

The New York Times editorial board composed a new piece lamenting the damage that COVID-19 school closures have done to children. Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images © Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images To read more of Gabriel Hays article, click here, NY Times says school COVID closures may be ‘most damaging disruption’ to kids’ education in U.S. history (msn.com) . The New York Times editorial board penned a new editorial on Saturday stating that the school closures enacted in...

California students can no longer be suspended for ‘willful defiance’. Could nationwide change be next? (theguardian.com)

Suspensions for ‘willful defiance’ hurt children, who lose critical instruction time. Photograph: Bsip Sa/Alamy To read more of Edwin Rios' article, please click here. At least 25 states and the District of Columbia allow schools to suspend students for “willful defiance”, according to the LawAtlas Project’s Policy Surveillance Portal . This week, California became the first state in the US to ban such suspensions for all students, expanding a pre-existing ban on the disciplinary practice...

Healing Centered Relationships & Education (Change Your Story Podcast)

To listen to the Podcast, please click here. What if one person could shift your story? One person who sees you, hears you, and is genuinely interested in helping you overcome the obstacles life has thrown at you. In this episode, my incredibly humble friend, Staci Roth, is that person in so many lives. From being an educator at Learn4Life, to creating the HOPE Program providing education and resources for teenage parents, to becoming a Trauma- Resilient Professional and Coordinator of the...

School kids are so violent coming out of the pandemic that they’re sending teachers to the hospital, but an expert says to resist ‘get tough’ approaches (fortune.com)

There's a lot of evidence that schools and students are more violent places after the pandemic. GETTY IMAGES To read more of F. Chris Curran and the Conversation's article, please click here. The 2022-23 school year was a particularly violent year for educators . Recent headlines suggest the 2023-24 school year may not be much different. Such violence at school disrupts teaching and learning and has elicited calls to reform school discipline policies . As a policy researcher who studies...

California Bans Book Bans and Textbook Censorship in Schools (www.gov.ca.gov)

To read more, click here, California Bans Book Bans and Textbook Censorship in Schools . SACRAMENTO — Building on his Family Agenda to promote educational freedom and success, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 1078 by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson (D-Moreno Valley), which bans “book bans” in schools, prohibits censorship of instructional materials, and strengthens California law requiring schools to provide all students access to textbooks that teach about California’s diverse...

Teens Are Entering High School Reading at a Third Grade Level (Learn4Life)

To read more of Learn4Life's article, please click here. Yes, the pandemic created huge learning losses for millions of students, so what’s being done about it? “We work with many students who used to come to us as freshmen reading at a fifth-grade level,” explained Kathyrn Limata, literacy teacher. “Now, most of the students I see in my literacy classes are at a third-grade level and some are even at a first-grade level, having to learn basic phonics. It’s heartbreaking.” Limata said that...

Program helps teens navigate education, parenthood (spectrumnews1.com)

(Spectrum News/ Zarina Khairzada) To read more of Zarina Khairzada's article, please click here. LOS ANGELES — Babies in the classroom? That’s a reality for parenting and pregnant students at Learn4Life’s Alta Vista Innovation High School in Inglewood, taking part in the Helping Our Parenting-students Excel (HOPE) Program . The program provides students with a safe space for parents to watch their children as they complete credits needed to graduate. It’s also common to see supervising...

Nurturing Beauty From the Inside Out (Learn4Life young ladies and Community Wrapround Mentor)

Four Learn4Life students enjoyed a wonderful experience of having facials with Community Wraparound’s Community Mentor, Christina Vargas, on August 24th, at Community Wraparound’s office in the Jacobs Center in San Diego, Facial supplies were provided and the youth laughed and giggled as they enjoyed the experience together. Angelina shared that her favorite part was meeting everyone and having a different space to hang out with girls. Amy was grateful to be invited to express her feelings,...

Safe Schools, Thriving Students: What We Know About Creating Safe and Supportive Schools (learningpolicyinstitute.org)

To read more of Jennifer DePaoli and Jennifer McCombs ' article, please click here. DePaoli, J., & McCombs, J. (2023). Safe schools, thriving students: Evidence-based strategies for creating safe and supportive schools. Learning Policy Institute. https://doi.org/10.54300/701.445 A rise in the number of school shootings over time has driven increasing attention to school safety. However, school shootings are not the only physical safety threat students may encounter at school. Other types...

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